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I'm looking for a decent external sound card I can use both on my desktop and my laptop. I primarily listen to music but I also watch movies every so often. I'm not a gamer. I just love great sound.

I currently have an M Audio Audiophile 24/96 I bought for the purpose of connecting my MIDI piano but I'm upgrading all that to a USB interface as well. Plus the 2496 doesn't have rear output and I'm still using my 18+ year-old Klipsch 4.1 4-channel speakers on my desktop. They still work and sound awesome so I see no need to replace them when I can just build on them should I decide to go to 7.1.

Anyway, I'm on a bit of a budget and I'm trying to stay below $75 if possible. I stumbled across the Diamond XS71U External Sound Box for ~$40 but I cannot find even a single in-depth review of it. The few I've seen are "I like it" or "Installed easily, sounds nice." Not exactly informative, y'know? I haven't owned a Diamond product since the late '90s when I had a Diamond video card paired with a Voodoo accelerator. I was kind of surprised they were even still around.

Can anyone recommend a good external card that fits my criteria? It's starting to look like I'm stuck with some version of a SoundBlaster card unless I can find something else, not that I have anything against Creative. I got away from them years ago and really haven't missed them.

Thanks!
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You haven't mentioned why you NEED a DAC but you seem to want a DAC. I don't see the need. Promedias don't sound too great. Decent integrated is good enough for them. Do you have really good speakers you want to hook up or good headphones?
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Thanks for responding. I'm sorry, I thought I mentioned that I listen to a lot of music through my Klipsch ProMedia 4.1 surround speakers and headphones. I also watch movies both on my desktop and on my laptop, but more so on my laptop, through headphones as well.

I bought the 2496 for its MIDI connectivity for my piano but am moving over to USB for that, as well.
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Sorry, my eyesight isn't what it used to be, especially when reading on my phone.

I've had this ProMedia system for over 18 years and they have moved with me through six different states. For me, my taste and my specific needs, they work & sound perfectly fine, as they have since I chose them back in 1998. If you don't like them, that's your opinion and your choice, neither of which has any bearing on my question.

I asked for a recommendation for a decent, moderately priced USB sound card, not for an unsolicited (and highly subjective) rip on my speakers. Nor did I ask for any sage advice on the benefits of on-board audio which was, once again, unsolicited as well as based on an entirely subjective personal preference.

I'm not in the market to break the bank on the latest & greatest multimedia sound system. I am in the market for a sound card. Obviously, I misunderstood the purpose of this "community" when I chose to pose my question here..
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Originally Posted by no1knoz View Post

Sorry, my eyesight isn't what it used to be, especially when reading on my phone.

I've had this ProMedia system for over 18 years and they have moved with me through six different states. For me, my taste and my specific needs, they work & sound perfectly fine, as they have since I chose them back in 1998. If you don't like them, that's your opinion and your choice, neither of which has any bearing on my question.

I asked for a recommendation for a decent, moderately priced USB sound card, not for an unsolicited (and highly subjective) rip on my speakers. Nor did I ask for any sage advice on the benefits of on-board audio which was, once again, unsolicited as well as based on an entirely subjective personal preference.

I'm not in the market to break the bank on the latest & greatest multimedia sound system. I am in the market for a sound card. Obviously, I misunderstood the purpose of this "community" when I chose to pose my question here..

Please forgive me for telling you not to flush money down the toilet. I have had promedias. I know what they sound like and what they are capable of. Quality onboard will be fine. You have no need for an additional solution. If you really want one, have a look at the Audioquest Dragonfly 1.2 which is $140-150 USD. If you want to go cheaper there is the schiit Modi @ $99. It's no piece of schiit and is actually quite decent. Schiit makes a matching headphone amp, the schiit magni. If you get both ($200) you should get the uber version of the magni as it has RCA outs so you can hook your speakers up.

Those are the two DACs I recommend below $200. Audioquest Dragonfly and Schiit Modi. In your situation I don't think you will benefit from going beyond the Modi. You'll gain the ability to play back up to 24 bit 192 Khz audio tracks from HD tracks and the like but that's probably not worthwhile with Promedias. If nothing else it will sound cleaner than onboard... in theory.

It's a pretty straight forward setup with these things. Plug USB cable into USB2 port on computer, plug into DAC, turn on, and you're done.
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